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Proverbs 8 - The Man Who Knows

Download mp3s from our latest Proverbs sermon, 8:22-36 -
Jesus The Man Who Knows.
First Service mp3 (35mins)
Second Service mp3 (37mins)
I reference Hymn 52 Wisdom by William Cowper from Olney Hymns

1. JESUS THE MAN WHO KNOWS
SEE HIS PERSONALITY V22 V24 V30
SEE HIS ETERNALITY V22 V23 V24
SEE HIS CREATIVITY V27

2. THE FATHER DELIGHTS IN JESUS
JESUS DELIGHTS IN HIS PEOPLE
V30-31 LUKE 10V20-24

3. THE MAN WHO KNOWS JESUS
RECEIVES LIKE A CHILD. LIVES LIKE A MAN

He is the man who knows. Robbie Williams returns and in his song Bodies declares that he knows what we want: “All we ever wanted was to look good naked” I don’t think he’s quite getting at what Lily Allen was in her song last year, where she told us she would take all her clothes off because that’s how you get famous – though he might be alluding to that a bit. What he’s actually getting at is our desire for acceptance and intimacy and relationship. Looking around the world, and looking at my own heart: I think he’s right.
We do want to be free …

"I was a Zen Buddhist Monk" - Ellis Potter talks with Mike Reeves about the Trinity

Finding Joy Together (Marcus Honeysett & Derek Cross mp3s)

Last week I had the pleasure of inviting Marcus Honeysett to be with my team for a few days. Marcus is the author of Meltdown and Finding Joy, the third longest serving member of UCCF staff, and now director of Living Leadership. He's also a brother whom I love to spend time with.

On the first day we considered the importance of small groups and training encouraging leaders. Catch a flavour from Jim Walford's blog: Bible study isn't for education....  We sent Marcus to speak at the Exeter University Evangelical Christian Union on 1 Peter 3 on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday I invited guests from local churches, as an opportunity to serve them but also for them to be among us and bless, challenge and provoke us. We reflected on the joy of the LORD and missions, these were interactive sessions with about 20 people so the mp3s may be a bit disjointed in places...
Joy & Missions 1 (mp3)
Joy & Missions 2 (mp3)
Joy & Missions 3 (mp3)

Thursday was just the South West team …

Christianity Explored (1 of 5)

First night of Christianity Explored, talking about "What is Christianity?" from Mark 1:1 
Probably about 20 people there - mix of Christians and guests. Some good questions after the talk... ...why people pray, what the resurrection is about and how we can know if it happened, what's it like to know God... and are we meant to take the Bible literally...

A Very British Theology for a Cold Winter's Day

This morning when Brian knocked on the door it felt like winter for the first time. The skies were clear and blue - the kind of morning I love. Good to feel the sensation of coldness. I'm glad this is a universe with colour and temperature and that sort of thing. And I don't really mind how cold it is, if it's sunny and dry...

As a quirk of the way God has arranged the clouds the British are at the whim of the jet stream and get pretty variable weather, and lacking enough philosophy or imagination we end up talking lots about the weather. This a way to get over our sometimes cold demeanor and facilitate small talk, and it's ok.

Feeling the chill in the air this tweet rang in my ears:
RT @edstetzer Just walked outside to discover that it is, once again, colder than a legalist's heart. And that is cold. ;-(
The winter can teach us about our hearts and drive us back to the gospel, as Richard Sibbes says:
"when we feel ourselves cold in affection and duty, the best…

NEW WINE

Harri Blogs!

This year I have the privilege of supervising Harri Guyer on the UCCF Relay programme. She's also a member of our home group and a welcome visitor to our home on regular occasions. A month ago Harri expressed a little surprise on having been mentioned on my blog, now she's started her own.

Harri Guyer's blog

Good to have another blogger on my team. Jim Walford has been in the game for a few weeks now and delivers some quality stuff every Friday.

Proverbs 7 - Temptation

Download MP3 - Temptation: Proverbs 7 - Stu Alred (first service)
Download MP3 - Temptation: Proverbs 7 - Stu Alred (second service)

Intro: Temptation
1. The Fool
2. The Victory
3. The Fight


Stu's notes on his blog

I felt the challenge of this message - where is my heart? It's easy to look out the window and see the fool but the reality is we're all caught in sin and don't even know it, we're all fools. We're not the wise son - only Jesus is - he is the one who should live and yet he dies, while we should die we live. He is our substitute and our example - and in him and with his word we can live! Stu stood with us as one of us in this which I really appreciated, the preach was clear and directed me to Christ. Which is what I needed, though I don't always realise that.

This sermon is a good example of the benefits of preaching back-to-back. The first sermon was good - it has some real gospel-bite, but the timing slipped a bit so that the ending was a bit rush…

The Breeze of the Centuries: Introducing Great Theologians - From the Apostolic Fathers to Aquinas (Mike Reeves, January 2010)

Mike Reeves lets slip some information about his next book in his interview with Martin Downes, out in January I can't wait to get my hands on: The Breeze of the Centuries: Introducing Great Theologians - From the Apostolic Fathers to Aquinas

"...it’s moronic to cut ourselves off from the wisdom and lessons of the bulk of the church. If we forget church history, we just leave ourselves victim to our zeitgeist... I’m hoping it can do something to rescue us from being prisoners of our age."


I know what I'll be spending my Christmas money on! Here's the blurb:

Is ‘newer’ really ‘better’? We often assume so, but if we do treat the past as inferior we will ignore the legacy of history, and thus will find ourselves stranded on the tiny desert island of our own moment in time. In particular, this applies to Christian theology, which should be thought, and lived, corporately by the church down through the ages.
The remedy to ‘chronological snobbery’ is, as C. S. Lewis put…

Sunday's coming (Proverbs 7 - Temptation)

Stu posts some notes ahead of Sunday where we reach Proverbs 7.

"Replace sin with Christ. Replace lies with truth. Declare what is true of you in Christ. Declare what is not true. Meditate and pray over key passages of God’s word. Ask God for more faith and more of him!"

And then let the honey set with some sweet words on 'the joy of the Lord'from Marcus at Digital H20, including these great questions for discipleship:

1. What are your Christian disciplines (for want of a better word) like? Are you enjoying the word and praying? If not, what is the block?
2. What is your worship life like? Do you ever diarise regular time to adore God and his Christ?
3. Is the reason for perceived lack of Christian joy spiritual, or is it possibly medical? Or circumstantial? When someone feels they have to "work it up" but their circumstances are difficult or they are struggling with depression it can just feel like a demand to climb an unclimbable mountain
4. Is the person r…

Death Reigned MUCH MORE Life

Yesterday we were together as a team having spent a day considering joy and mission with @marcushoneysett, with a few guys from my church also among us for the day. We lingered together with God at the end of the day, worshipping and praying and enjoying God together, and I had a minor epiphany whilst sharing Romans 5:17

"For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ."

I'm studying Genesis with the staff this year (and beyond!) and we've recently done Genesis 5. There's much there to learn about Enoch the son who walks with God and gets back to God without taking us with him, and about the hope of the coming son Noah who will bring relief and rest to a frustrated creation.

Everyone else in the genealogy dies. It's relentless. Death reigning because of the sin of one man. Wave after wave of d…

Christianity Explored

Tonight we're gathering the team from the Exeter University Evangelical Christian Union who will be running Christianity Explored from next week at The Imperial pub - an opportunity to prepare and pray as well as eat together.

Please pray for Catherine, Helen, Harri, James, Will and myself as we serve together. Harri and I are speaking through the course on alternate weeks, and doing a Q&A each time together. I'm going first, with Harri sharing her testimony...

1. Which God are we talking about? (Mark 1:1)
2. Isn't Christianity all about being religious? (Mark 2)
3. Jesus died. Why? (Mark 15)
4. Jesus rose from the dead. How? Why? (Mark 16)
5. How to make the most of your life? (Mark 8)